Dalit leaders arrested during press conference in Lucknow

Toni Houston
July 5, 2017

She had been receiving round the clock police protection due to the nature of her previous brutal attacks.There is a manhunt going on around finding the assailant, the police added.

The woman, who is also pursuing court cases against two men who had allegedly gang-raped her in 2009, alleged she was attacked inside the working women's hostel where she lives.

In March this year, two men attacked her and poured acid down her throat on a train while she was returning to Lucknow from her village in Rae Bareli. Her condition was stated to be stable.

Adityanath had visited her in the hospital and announced assistance of Rs 1 lakh.

The two unidentified attackers allegedly scaled the hostel wall, in which she was staying, and threw acid onto her while she was filling water at the handpump. She wrote the complaint as she could not speak.

"Whatever evidence we have gathered doesn't support the theory she was attacked by acid by anybody else", he said. "But the FIR will have to be filed by the family, whom we have informed about the incident", he said.

The incident had came to light when the woman had got off the Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Express at Charbagh Station here and gave a written complaint to the government railway police.

75 year old former Inspector General of Police S.R.Darapuri who was arrested, along with a few others, by the Uttar Pradesh police for a few hours from the Lucknow Press Club on Monday is unfazed.

He also said the law is meant to protect but if someone misuses it, action would be taken against them. But despite that the attackers had the audacity to enter the women's hostel and attack her.

The police, meanwhile, claimed that none of the eyewitnesses had seen anyone throwing acid or running away. "By arresting me they wanted to send out a message to the Dalits and other weaker sections of society that no one is safe, it was just an effort to spread terror that if this can happen to a retired police officer no one can take their freedom for granted", he told The Citizen in a brief conversation. "I was there outside", constable Sandeep said.

ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Misra said that these were all preventive measures as there were reports of a possible law and order problem in Lucknow. "The BJP government fears a dalit uprising", he alleged.

Asserting that he only meant to hold a seminar for the upliftment of the Dalits, Darapuri said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on one hand is vouching for a Dalit President and on the other hand is not allowing Dalits to convene a seminar.

"This Yogi led government in the UP is Jungleraj".

Other reports by Ligue1talk

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